Fun for Kids at Maid of the Loch this Summer!

Maid of the Loch, the last paddle steamer built in Britain, is open for summer and is the perfect place to enjoy a free family day out during the holidays

Planning a trip to Scotland this summer? To help parents, grandparents and carers plan their perfect visit, the free visitor attraction berthed at Balloch Pier, Loch Lomond, Scotland has compiled the top ten facts about the historic vessel to help sightseers enjoy the very best the ship has to offer this summer.

  1. The Maid was licensed to carry 1,000 passengers and was the largest paddle steamer to sail on Loch Lomond. She played host to royal guests and celebrities as well as three million day- trippers during her 28 years on the water.
  2. A ship so good they built it twice! Maid of the Loch was originally assembled in Glasgow; she was then taken apart and transported to her new and current home in Balloch pier where she was reassembled before her launch in 1953.
  3. The Maid has played host to two royal visitors. The first was Queen Salote of Tonga shortly after the Maid’s launch in 1953 and then in 1971 Her Majesty the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH the Princess Royal, the Princess Anne enjoyed a cruise to Rowardennan.
  4. Thanks to a £950,000 cash injection from The Scottish Government, a huge refurbishment is currently ongoing to restore the ship close to its original 1950’s style.
  5. The ship sailed until 1981. Following decommission she steadily rotted, until volunteers of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company took over and began the journey to restore her back to former glory.
  6. A major feature will be to get her steam engines operating again. New pipework is being manufactured and it is planned to have her engines turning over in the coming months.
  7. Further renovation includes The Queens’ Lounge at the stern, currently undergoing significant strengthening and upgrading works to make it fit for purpose for larger events and functions. A lift will also be fitted to provide assistance between decks.
  8. The Winch House for the historic Steam Slipway is located next to the Maid and is thought to be Europe’s last steam operated winch. Kids can get involved in stoking the boiler, hauling up the cargo or maybe blowing the Steam Whistle – all to enjoy for a small donation.
  9. A tearoom is located onboard the ship serving a wide range of snacks, home baking and refreshments.
  10. Furry friends are welcome!